BI regional ops arrest Chinese man working in retail in Albay

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) apprehended a Chinese national last January 24 for violating the conditions of his working visa.

The Chinese man, identified as Ding Xiaoqui, 42, was arrested pursuant to a mission order issued by BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco.  The arrest was conducted in coordination with the BI’s regional intelligence operations unit (RIOU) 5 together with government intelligence operatives and the Naval Forces Southern Luzon (NFSL).


Commissioner Norman Tansingco commended the teams for their diligence and cooperation in executing the mission. He stated, “The BI is steadfast in upholding the integrity of our immigration laws. This successful operation sends a clear message that violations will be met with swift and decisive action.”

The case originated from intelligence information indicating that Ding was operating a construction supply hardware store in Albay, despite holding a working visa sponsored by a company in Cubao.

The discrepancy, according to the BI, is a definite violation of the Philippine immigration laws.


Chief of BI Intelligence Division, Fortunato Manahan, Jr., emphasized the importance of collaborative efforts in ensuring the enforcement of immigration regulations. “This operation showcases the effectiveness of interagency coordination. We appreciate the contributions of our counterparts in providing valuable intelligence for a seamless execution,” stated Manahan.

BI regional ops arrest Chinese man working in retail in Albay

Ding was promptly transported to the BI Main Office in Intramuros, where he underwent necessary procedures, including medical and physical examinations. A Commitment Order was issued on 25 January 2024, and Ding was turned over to the BI’s facility in Bicutan, Taguig where he shall remain pending the resolution of his deportation case.

Meanwhile, BI announced the deportation of eight Japanese nationals previously arrested for their involvement in scam operations.


BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco said that the eight were arrested last February 11, 2020, at a resort in Sitio Lilian, Famy Laguna, by operatives of the BI’s fugitive search unit (FSU) through a joint operation with the National Bureau of Investigation Laguna District Office (NBI-LAGDO).

Found on the scene were numerous phones and scripts, which they used to dupe their victims.

Reports allege that the eight were involved in a scam targeting Japanese nationals.  Many of their victims, according to reports, are retired senior citizens.  The syndicate was said to have scammed millions of Pesos in its scheme, which has been operating for at least three years.

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